It’s good to be home

Gosh, the weather’s all lovely at the moment, isn’t it? My nails are looking great, so here’s a twofer, to make up for my attendance problems recently!

First up, just the one shot of Revlon Midnight Sparkle, a dense midnight blue jelly with 2 sizes of silver hex glitters suspended in it, that needed 3 thin coats for opacity. It’s a lot like Revlon Ritzy, which is a black base, but for some reason the blue looks much better. This is another wonderful Poundland find; I seem to get most of my collection from there these days! I’m really looking forward to having a massive blowout in there when Easter finally comes and I can start buying polish again.

Natural light.

Natural light.

And part 2 is Nails Inc Old Bond Street (£4.99/TKMaxx), a singularly unique shade, which is a mid grey creme with a bright pink shimmer! Again, this needed 3 thin coats, but dried evenly with no shrinkage and only a few visible brushstrokes. This is one of a very few polishes I own that looks marvellous in the bottle and on the nail. It’s actually quite a subtle shimmer, but it has the delicious effect of being classy with a naughty edge, like wearing a lacy black bra under a crisp white blouse…

Gosh, came over a bit unnecessary there. Let’s move on to the pictures.

Flash.

Flash.

Direct sunlight.

Direct sunlight.

As you can see, it looks equally fabulous under both artificial and natural lighting. In some light, you can almost see a dark moss green tone, which is just so pretty. Nails Inc have a rep for creating unique shades, and this is certainly one of the best I’ve seen!

 

Northern lights

I did it again, didn’t I? I promised I wouldn’t disappear and then I did! I’m not very sorry, because I’ve been terribly busy with my new boyfriend and slightly less new job, and I’m still not buying any new polish anyway. However, my nails have now returned to a considerably more sensible length, and I’ve been dying to show off my most extravagant purchase of the year so far!

This is the stunning limited edition piCture pOlish Aurora (18.50EUR/prettypolish.nl). I had to order it from the Dutch website, as the first run was sold out everywhere else that shipped to the UK, and I just had to have it. Luckily, I was able to arm myself with Google Translate, and after that, it was quite a straightforward process.

Aurora is a stunning glittery purple/pink/turquoise multichrome, which I’m wearing over black, as I now routinely do with all thin multichromes. The colour shift is very strong, and the glitter particles are so eye-catching. Here’s 2 coats over Revlon Knockout.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Natural light.

This was my pre-Lent blowout polish, and honestly, I think it’s worth every penny! You can see the other polishes in this limited collection on at piCture pOlish.

Long time, no swatch.

Oops. Life’s been pretty busy lately, and my job is getting more interesting by the day, so I’ve not had a lot of time for doing my nails, and really they’re much too short for me to really enjoy them at the moment. However, it’s been such a long drag since I last posted, that I thought I should go digging around in my photo archives and find a swatch I haven’t posted yet, so here it is.

Another polish in my series of “This Shit Looks A Lot Better Over Black” polishes, I dug out Model’s Own Purple Blue (£5/Boots) from the Beetlejuice Collection. I’d been told this was a decent facsimile for ORLY Galaxy Girl from the Cosmic FX Collection, which I should note, has been an absolute bitch to track down in the UK, so better a dupe than a hole in my collection!

Flash.

Flash.

Rather unsurprisingly, it’s a purple/blue duochrome shimmer, shown here is 2 coats over Revlon Blackout. As you can see, it’s not really anything special under direct artificial light, but it comes alive in natural light!

Indoors.

Indoors.

Indirect sunlight.

Indirect sunlight.

The second shot shows how beautiful the colour shift is. I nearly binned this polish because it was so thin, but I’m slowly learning that some things just have to be worn with undies, especially duochromes and multichromes.

I should be back next week with some fresh swatches. My Lent promise to not buy any new polish is holding up very well. I have been tempted once or twice, but I have yet to succumb. I can’t wait to have a big blowout after Easter though! Any recommendations?

Let me show you my drawers…

WARNING: This is a nail-free post.

So, as I mentioned last post, I had to cut all my nails down to almost nothing. A couple of them were badly damaged by poorly removed falsies, so I thought it was time to give them a rest. On the plus side, while my nails are short, it’s a lot easier to get stuff done around the house, because I’m not terrfied of breaking them!

I’ve been meaning to sort out my nail station for a while. Until now, I’ve been storing my polish tower in my bedroom, my new stock on my side table and have been doing all my manicures hunched over my coffee table. Definitely not optimal, so I decided to put it all in one place, in my living room.

Here’s what it looked like before:

nailstationbefore

I know, I have a LOT of clutter (yes, that is a fishtank wearing a top hat up there). Anyway, I moved everything out; the bookshelf is now on the other side of the room, and I moved a small desk and my polish tower into the space left behind. Here’s what it looks like now:

nailstationafter

Neat, huh? It’s not totally finished, but it’s great having a little spot to do my nails properly. I’m picking up a kneeling stool from a friend this week, and I would like to get a couple of shelves and maybe some artwork for the back wall. I’ll have plenty of time to make it perfect while I wait for my nails to grow back, and I’m also giving up buying any manicure supplies for Lent. I need to go a bit easy on my wallet for a while anyway, and my stockpile of polishes to be swatched is already enormous!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse into my sanctum. Here’s a bonus pic with one of my cats checking out the new perching spot. Have a great week!

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Take Two

I had so much fun doing the first water marbling that I had another go the very next day! It’s still a bit messy, but the results are wonderful! I may not ever get this technique completely right, but as long as I can keep producing quirky manicures like this, I’ll keep doing it. Again, I forgot to write down all the colours I used. D’oh!

Left hand, natural light.

Left hand, natural light.

Right hand, flash + natural light.

Right hand, flash + natural light.

In sad news, on the third attempt I realised that my nails were an absolute state, so I’ve had to cut them all down, and will be putting them through an intensive care treatment for the next few days. Lots of moisturising, and no acetone! I have a few things in the backlog to post anyway, so I shouldn’t be off radar for too long.

Saturday night’s alright

I had other plans last night; plans to go out and see friends and maybe get a little drunk, but I couldn’t quite muster the get up and go required, so I decided to stay in, pop on my onesie and do silly things to my nails. I used the wikihow tutorial for water marbled nails, but substituted tape for PVA glue, which was still very messy, so I will be trying with tape and vaseline on subsequent attempts.

It’s not perfect, but for a first attempt I’m pretty pleased with myself, so much so that I think I’m going to have another go tonight! I can’t remember all the colours I used, but I used Revlon Timeless as a base, which is a pale grey creme. I took photos of both hands, because the beauty of this mani is that every nail came out different.

Left hand, flash.

Left hand, flash.

Right hand, flash.

Right hand, flash.

Left hand, natural light.

Left hand, natural light.

Right hand, natural light.

Right hand, natural light.

So yes, despite the mess, an excellent result, and tons of fun! I look forward to doing an even better job next time.

Throwback Thursday

I’ve been away from home for a few days, so I’m really out of step with my manicures, so this is a bit of a cheat post, but I’ll be back to new things soon. Besides, I have been intending to re-swatch this polish for ages, and now I finally have, and it has only strengthened my love for it!

This is HITS Mari Moon Cutie Pie, a Brazilian multichrome that I picked up from Llarowe for my birthday last year. I used 2 coats over black (Revlon Knockout) this time, which is starting to become my default for multichromes and thin duochromes, and it makes the colour shift so much more dramatic.

Indoor lighting.

Indoor lighting.

Indirect sunlight.

Sunlight.

Shade.

Shade.

Shade.

Shade.

This is really doing nothing to cure my addiction to multichromes… I must have more!